Food trends come and go. Perfect example? Frozen yogurt.
A few decades ago, it seemed every mall in America had a frozen yogurt shop. Then came the ’90s and frozen yogurt disappeared along with Members Only jackets.
Enter national chains such as Pinkberry, Orange Leaf and Menchie’s, which have infused the old froyo concept with a serve-yourself yogurt model. It took a few years to arrive in South Sound, but now it’s here in a big way in the form of chains and locally owned stores. Stores are opening so quickly, I can barely keep up. From the time I began reporting this story in early April until now, two stores have opened – Yo! G’s in Gig Harbor and the chain Menchie’s in Puyallup’s Sunrise Village. In the time that it takes you to read this sentence, I’m sure another store will open. And there’s more – Proctor Frozen Yogurt is expected to open in May. In March, The Freeze opened in University Place. Gibson’s Frozen Yogurt, which opened in February 2011 in the Stadium neighborhood, just announced a second location in Westgate. Black Bear, which opened in Lakewood in 2010, is about to open its second store.
With all the choices we now have, I thought it time I took to the streets to evaluate our local offerings. Here’s how they rated: